Free Agent Target #2 Eduardo Rodriguez
Yes the Marlins need a starting pitcher. Sandy is out that’s for sure, why not bring in another ace-worthy pitcher to have a year and then potentially have 2 big pitchers in the 2025 season? If you want to compete in the playoffs it’s a very simple rule, you need great pitching. Rodriguez will provide some veteran leadership and great pitching for the Marlins if they can snag him before the big boys out west try to lure him with money.
Is he worth a $17 million a year contract, maybe? If you can load it with incentives and pay him a decent base pay then I would offer $20 to be competitive but only if he meets benchmarks. You want him to meet benchmarks so I think a 2-4 year contract would be amazing and leave the Marlins with a great option to lead the rotation that has been struggling with injuries and youth.
Rodriguez was stellar last season with Detroit and so he will likely be a tough add but he would be worth it. There are lots of things a pitcher can do to help a team win consistently, both in his play and in helping young guys mature. Rodriguez posted a 13-9 record with a 3.30 ERA and the lowest HR9 average of his career at 0.9. He really is a perfect fit and would go well with the rest of the team.